It’s that time of year: top news stories, biggest hits, best gossip, most retweets and Gram followers. In my default mode – read corny – I think to myself, “Wait a minute, let’s stop and think of the positive outcomes of 2018.” I gave my first keynote speech and met hundreds of new people, helped see the AIMS program come to fruition, and celebrated 3 new provinces coming on board with medication error reporting. It was a long first 6 months for me as I was home on a mental health leave of absence and then, my nephew reappeared, school started and now it’s nearly 2019. Next year is going to be a colossal year of change. My baby girl is going to university in September; my nephew is getting a sister in February; and I will be exploring new territory both geographically and potentially career wise (stay tuned for more details).

Today I read a list of potential resolutions for people who are grieving. Now, I am not one for New Year’s resolutions. I think that in order to truly resolve to accomplish something, you need to do it when you are ready and not when the clock strikes midnight on January 1. Having said that, some of the ideas listed really resonated with me, for example: blog writing, doing more with my hobby of photography, letting go of the guilt of enjoying life, and owning my strengths. I always preach that I can’t have what I want, so I have to keep moving forward. I owe it to myself, my family and the kids that I teach to embody the resilience that I value so highly.

What is your resolve for the new year? Are you going to go to the gym 3 times a week or eat less or quit a bad habit? Maybe if more people just tried to be a little bit better than they were the day before, success would be more easily attained.

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